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PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Karoro kindy celebrates
Karoro Kidsfirst Kindergarten children were in a happy mood at their ‘How do you celebrate’ themed community event yesterday.
The kindy has recently taken possession of two new vegetable beds, and celebrated by coinciding the event with the Maori new year
Matariki, a barbecue and head teacher Tim Eden-Calcott ’s birthday. Mr Calcott said as an ‘enviro school’, the Karoro kindy was all
about getting outdoors. They were now equipped with outdoor clothing, gumboots and “bulletproof ” cameras so they could “really
get out there”.
Gambler jailed for $150m
ephedrine bust — NZ’s biggest
A gambler who used a false identity to
secretly import $150 million worth of
drugs into New Zealand has been jailed for
nearly a decade.
Liang Wang, 35, appeared at Auckland
District Court yesterday and was sentenced
to eight years and two months in prison for
importing a class B controlled drug.
The case began in April last year when 80
cardboard boxes arrived in Auckland from
Inside the boxes were bundles of
documents and papers. However, Customs
officers felt the shipment was suspicious
and upon inspection found concealed
cavities within the packages.
Hidden inside was an astonishing
200kg of ephedrine, a drug used to cook
It was the largest amount of ephedrine
ever smuggled into New Zealand, and
authorities have estimated it had a street
value of $150 million.
Previously, the largest seizure of ephedrine
was about 95kg which was concealed in
a shipment of children’s toys in October
During Wang’s sentencing, Judge
Philippa Anne Cunningham said the
court was dealing with a case which had an
“absence of something like this happening
“Mr Wang and others have been charged
with importing, with what appears to be,
the largest consignment of ephedrine
imported into New Zealand,’’ she said.
The drugs were destined for “Zhan Yu
Zhu’’ and an address in the Auckland
suburb of Hillsborough, the court heard.
“I understand that Zhan Yu Zu is the
identity of Mr Wang,’’ Judge Cunningham
Once Customs officials intercepted the
boxes at the border, a controlled delivery
was set in motion with all but 10g of the
ephedrine removed and replaced with a
The delivery then took place as planned.
But undercover police were watching
after being granted sur veillance warrants
to monitor the address, phone calls and
The intercepted texts and phone calls
showed Wang “appeared to have been very
much in charge of the delivery’’, the Judge
The drugs arrived at the Hillsborough
property on May 9, and when Wang and
his co-accused returned on May 13 they
opened the package and began loading the
placebo drugs into a vehicle.
Police then pounced and arrested the pair.
The raid was part of several throughout
the day as police searched nine properties
they had been monitoring across the city,
including in Ponsonby, central Auckland,
Mt Roskill and Flat Bush.
Three people were arrested during the
“The main aggravating feature is clearly the
amount of ephedrine,’’ Judge Cunningham
said. “And the fact that disguises were used
this was a sophisticated operation which
appeared to involve others.’’
She said it was accepted that Wang played
a “primary role’’ in the scheme.
A pre sentence report also noted Wang
was in a position of financial difficulty,
which had been complicated by his
“ He got greedy ... he did something that
appears to me to be out of character for
him,’’ Judge Cunningham said.
In a written letter of remorse to the court
Wang said he appreciated the foolishness
of his offending, that he had let down his
family, and acknowledged the harm the
drugs would have caused the community.
Wang, an only child, was supported in
court by his mother who was seated in the
“ When you are released from prison is a
matter for the parole board,’’ the judge said.
Wang had entered a guilty plea on May 2
this year, while his co-accused has pleaded
not guilty and is currently at trial before
a jury. However, there is still significant
confusion about who exactly was involved
and pulling the strings in the scheme,
including the suspicious involvement of a
tour party which was turned away at the
border, the court heard.
There are also several other elements to
the case which the Herald is unable to
report due to court suppression orders.
Detective inspector Scott Beard, of
the Organised Crime team, has said the
circumstances of the drug bust seemed
“ like something out of a movie’’.
“The reality is there are families out there
who are being destroyed by meth, kids who
are growing up in contaminated homes and
innocent people who are victims of serious
crime as a result of this drug. It is a truly
Ephedrine is a more pure drug than
which can be used to manufacture meth.
garage out to
An Auckland landlord leased his garage
to new immigrants for $270 a week
and harassed and intimidated them,
according to the Tenancy Tribunal.
Eran Arzi, the landlord, has been
ordered by the tribunal to pay damages of
$3400 to the applicants for harassment,
unlawful entry, failure to lodge a bond,
and using the converted garage as an
Adjudicator Brian Stephenson said
Arzi sublet the garage to Sue Liow,
Gerald Tan and their child in 2015,
a month after they arrived in New
Stephenson said Arzi included “illegal
and grossly intimidatory clauses’’ in
the tenancy agreement, and these were
“calculated to create a climate of fear’’.
“Mr Arzi pursued a course of conduct
calculated to harass his tenants into
complying with his wishes,’’ Stephenson
The Tribunal ruling found Arzi called
the garage “the studio’’ throughout the
tenant agreement, and claimed Liow
and Tan were his flatmates. He rented it
out despite it not being consented as a
Liow said Arzi entered the garage
without notice, and sent text messages to
her “constantly’’ wanting access to carry
Liow said Arzi would yell at her either
on the phone or face-to-face. Arzi said
entering the premises was at will was “his
right to do so as landlord’’.
Stephenson ruled against Arzi on a
number of factors.
“Aggravating factors included the
threatening terms of the tenancy
agreement, Mr Arzi’s
interpretation of his rights, and the
frequency and the manner in which Mr
Arzi pestered the tenant,’’ Stephenson
“ He brought a combative approach to
“The frequency of his interruptions to
their quiet enjoyment of the premises, and
of his interference with their reasonable
peace, comfort and privacy in the use of
the premises constituted harassment and
amounted to an unlawful act. ’’
Stephenson said Arzi intentionally did
not lodge the bond of $1080 with the
Bond Centre, as the law requires.
Mr Arzi is a superannuitant, and after
his own landlord terminated another
tenancy, resorted to sleeping in his car.
Liow also claimed a refund of the
entire amount the tenants paid for rent,
approximately $13,000, as well as the
$1900 she paid for power and water,
because the garage was not a legal
Stephenson declined to award a refund
of the rent, stating “the law relating to
tenancy of unconsented buildings is in
considerable disarray ’’.
“ I think it is best to take a precautionary
approach... and await clarification on
appeal.’’ — NZME
Child predator Peter Holdem has been
refused parole, after being assessed as
needing “immense’’ rehabilitation.
Holdem was sentenced to life
imprisonment in 1987, for the murder
of Christchurch schoolgirl Louisa
The six-year-old was abducted as she
walked home from school, throttled, and
then dumped in a river.
A Parole Board hearing on May 29 has
now decided Holdem has a “significant ’’
amount of work to complete before his
threat to society is reduced. The Board
will not see him again until 2020.
Holdem has completed intensive group
and individual treatment while in prison,
but the Board noted he’d “demonstrated
little treatment gain’’.
He is still considered a high risk for
both violent and sexual offending.
A psychologist who gave evidence to the
Board said that Holdem reported having
a lack of sexual interest, but said that his
self-reporting could not be considered
“Even if Mr Holdem’s rehabilitation
work is completed it is likely that
following the lengthy period of time he
has spent in prison reintegrative activities
will be crucial,’’ the Board decision said.
“In our view even on the most optimistic
scenario Mr Holdem has a significant
degree of work to complete before he
would be suitable for release.
“ We note in this regard that the
psychologist describes Mr Holdem’s
rehabilitative needs as `immense’.’’
When he killed Louisa, Holdem had
just been released from prison for the
abduction and attempted murder of a
10-year-old girl. His rap sheet includes
an attempted rape in 1982, and multiple
instances of committing indecencies on a
child. — NZME
Drug Foundation boss seeks illicit drugs for science
Drug Foundation executive director Ross
Bell has been dobbed in by his friends after
he posted on Facebook trying to score some
illegal drugs — but turns out it’s for scientific
Bell posted this morning on Facebook: “I
need to score some illicit substances. More
than one type ... Not a big amount of each,
just enough for some (forensic testing).’’
Long-time director of the Foundation and
well known drug policy commentator, Bell
said yesterday afternoon he only wants a
small sample of the drugs for forensic testing
of similar looking, potentially dangerous
Bell admitted seeking illegal drugs on
Facebook had the potential to go pear-
shaped, no matter his intention.
“It’s kind of a tongue in cheek post. I’m sure
there’s something in the Misuse of Drugs Act
that puts me on shaky ground,’’ Bell said.
“If there is an enthusiastic copper that
wants to harass me, then they know where to
find me,’’ he laughed.
“I don’t think that will happen. We have
talked to police and the Ministry of Health,
and I think there is a shared understanding
that punters need to know what ’s out there.’’
He said drug testing for safety, particularly
at festivals, had become a large international
discussion. Some say being able to legally
test illicit drugs for their composition could
help reduce overdoses and deaths, and allow
people who had been sold a “ bad dose’’ to
dispose of it.
Organisers of festivals are stuck in the
middle, as it’s illegal to knowingly allow illicit
drugs on the premises.
With the support of police, some of the
United Kingdom’s biggest music festivals
were planning to provide drug testing on site
Bell said on the unregulated black market,
there were cheaper, lookalike drugs being
sold as the real thing.
Some lookalikes had the potential to be
fatal, he said.
“ It ’s trying to prove the point that the
white powder you got last Friday may be very
different to the white powder you got this
Friday,’’ Bell said.
“ We want to know what ’s out there. There
are a range of quite new and dangerous
substances on the black market. We don’t
know what those substances are until they’ve
caused problems ... For us that ’s too far after
“ We think (there should be) what we
would call an early warning system so we
can get better information out to accident
and emergency departments and police and
ambulance ser vices and people that use drugs
Police have been contacted for comment.
A nine-year-old girl has fought off a
man who allegedly tried to abduct her
from a hotel carpark in Lyttelton.
The girl was playing with other children
in Governors Bay Hotel’s lower carpark
about 4.20pm, yesterday when she was
approached by a man in a “red, shiny,
expensive-looking car’’, according to a
post on the hotel’s Facebook page.
The alleged offender has been described
as European. The incident has been
reported to the police. “ We have no
reason to believe that the offender was
within the hotel at any time and we have
supplied the police with our internal
CCTV,’’ the hotel’s Facebook post says.
“It very much saddens us that our
community has been afflicted with what
could have been an horrendous outcome
and we implore anyone who has any
knowledge of this car or individual’s
movements to contact Christchurch
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark
Worner said police are making inquiries
into the incident.
“The driver of the car has approached
the child, but then has left in his car
shortly after. No one was hurt in the
No further information about the
alleged attack is currently available,
Worner said. — NZ ME
Young girl fights off man
A study involving scientists from France,
England and New Zealand may help the
threatened Antipodean albatross and its
interactions with fishing boats.
About 300,000 seabirds are killed annually
in longline fishing, including endangered
species such as the albatross.
Albatrosses are one of the most threatened
families of birds internationally, with 15 of
the 22 species in the group threatened with
A study was commissioned in 2015,
authored by Henri Weimerskirch and Julien
Collet from the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques
de Chize, France, Samantha Patrick from
the School of Environmental Sciences at the
University of Liverpool, Dominique Filippi
of Sextant Technology, and Susan Waugh
from Te Papa.
It tagged 53 albatrosses with GPS on
Possession Island in the southern Indian
Ocean, as the large seabird is a well-known
ship follower and have been impacted by
their encounters with fishing boats.
“ We can detect changes in foraging
behaviour triggered by the presence of fishing
vessels,” Ms Waugh says.
The research found that during breeding,
tagged wandering albatrosses patrolled over
an area of more than 10 million square
kilometres and as much as 79% of birds
equipped with the GPS detected vessels at
distances up to 2500km from the colony.
These results challenged perceptions of
foraging behaviour of albatross, Ms Waugh
“This high rate of encounter shows that
a far higher proportion of the population
are exposed to fisheries mortality risk than
previously supposed,” Ms Waugh said.
It’s a new way of looking at fisheries’ risk to
seabirds, she said, which could lead to positive
ways the industry interact with seabirds.
Study could help save threatened albatross
Margaret and families
would like to thank
cards, food and flowers.
We were overwhelmed
by the attendance at
Gary's funeral service.
Special thanks to nurses
and doctors at Christ-
church and Greymouth
Hospitals, also St John.
Thanks to Father Peter
Costello and Lawrie
Anisy and his great
team. Please accept this
as a personal acknowl-
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Vivien, Toni and Julie
wish to thank family,
friends, colleagues and
church family for their
following the death of
our Mum, Gweneth.
Thanks to all those who
gave baking, floral
tributes, messages of
support and donations to
Hospice. Special thanks
go to Nurse Maude
Hospice staff, Reverend
Jo Latham and for the
wonderful catering by
the AAW ladies. Please
thanks to you all.
ELLEY, John Barry
away peacefully on
Thursday June 15, 2017
at Granger House Rest
Dearly loved husband of
Ariti, much loved father
and father-in-law of Jon
and Carol, Trudi and
Lincoln, Mark and Sue,
Phillipa and Brian, a
much loved son of the
late Gordon and Mary
brother of Gordon (de-
granddad to Sophie,
Bethany, Noah, Jordan,
Ezra, Josiah, Shayna,
Taye, Joely, Shaun,
Ryan and Chandler, and
grandfather to his five
his 84th year. Butch's
family extend special
thanks to Dr Greville
Wood and the staff of
Granger House rest-
homes for the care
shown toward Butch and
Rest in peace now, Dad
Butch's family welcome
messages to 149
Greymouth 7805. A
Butch's life will be held
at Anisy Funeral Home,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Tuesday
June 20, at 2pm,
followed by interment at
Park Cemetery. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Doris. — Passed away
peacefully in Greymouth
on June 16, 2017, in her
87th year. Dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Jan and Rob
Debbie, much loved
nana of Ashleigh, Kyle
and Kate, Venessa, and
Lesley, loved great-
grandmother of Fia,
Hendrix, River, Liam,
Emily, Ruth, Nathan,
Brianna and Abi, and a
loved sister, sister-in-
law, cousin, aunty and
friend. Messages to
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declined, donations to St
John would be appre-
ciated and can be made
at the service or posted
to PO Box
Greymouth 7840. A
service to celebrate
Nola's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street on Tues-
day at 2pm, followed by
cremation here on the
Coast at the Westland
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Two people have died and another is badly injured
after an accident north of Auckland. Police say two
cars collided between Bawden Road and Postman
Road just after 1am. The two occupants of one car were
killed in the crash and the only occupant of the other
car was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a serious
condition. Police have identified the victims and are
informing their next of kin. The Serious Crash Unit is
Two dead in Auckland crash
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